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The History of Marijuana in New York
Part II: From the Turn of the Century to the 1930`s

April 29, 2015 by Nick Green

It wasn`t until after the turn of the century that the term marijuana came into use. The change in terminology coincided with a change in the type of people that were seen as using marijuana.

Previously, smoking marijuana was considered a vice of the "better classes," and although it was disparaged it was accepted. Recreational marijuana was then referred to as hashish for its exotic appeal. Cannabis was the term most often used for medical marijuana.

However, after the end of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, large numbers of immigrants fled Mexico and came to the American Southwest. They brought with them, the custom of smoking what they called, "marijuana."Read more...

The History of Marijuana in New York
Part I: Early America to the Turn of the Century

April 20, 2015 by Nick Green

One can hardly walk the streets of today's New York City without catching the wafting odor of burning marijuana. With the sudden relaxation of the laws against marijuana possession, it seems more and more common to catch the scent of some high quality skunk as you stroll through one of New York's many diverse neighborhoods. From the Brownstone-lined streets of Harlem, to the lofts of Chelsea, to the quiet residential street of Queens or the high rise apartment buildings of the Bronx and Brooklyn--it seems like everyone is toking up.

But is this collective cloud of weed smoke surrounding the city really a new phenomenon? Or is it as old as the city itself? Read more...

Part I: Early America to the Turn of the Century


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